Baku 2015: Buller sees positives despite defeat to the Dutch

14 June 2015 / 12:10

Water polo team leader Nick Buller was keen to take away the positives despite his Team GB youngsters falling to defeat at the hands of the Netherlands.

After opening defeats to Greece and Germany, Team GB were keen to get points on the board as they went up against the Dutch.

However, Team GB found themselves 4-0 behind before Larissa Partridge got Buller’s side on the board in the second quarter.

But despite two goals for Danica Brazier and further strikes from Mhairi Nurthen, Katherine Rogers and Verity McCoy, the Netherlands ran out 19-6 winners.

And while Buller would have liked to have picked up a first European Games win, he insists things are far from doom and gloom in Baku.

“We have played Holland before and we were expecting that physical pressing, so we encouraged the girls to attack that rather than stay static with movement,” he said. “And there were periods in the game where we had success.

“For us it is about improvement from one game to another. We are not going to magically become a super team overnight, but the challenge for us is to improve from one game to the next and I think we did that. I was impressed with many aspects of the way we approached it.

“When I was assistant coach first, many years ago, we played Holland and they scored over 30 goals, so we know the challenge they present at this level, but we are learning.

“It was good to get it under 20, it was good to get six goals. There were lots of goals we gave away that, frankly, were cheap because we are not used to playing with physicality at this level.

“But we’ve got more games to come, we’ve got to learn from that and hopefully we can get better and better.”

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